The Central African Republic (CAR) government on 9 January said it would meet armed groups operating in the country for talks in Khartoum, Sudan, on 24 January.
The agreement was reached following a visit by senior United Nations and African Union officials to CAR’s capital, Bangui, aimed at reviving an AU-mediated peace process. The initiative, which began in July 2017, has floundered as militia fighting continues to spread across the country. Last week, ex-Séléka militia factions attacked the remote uranium-rich town of Bakouma in southeast CAR, displacing most of its 12,000 inhabitants, with 90% of houses burned. Commercial mining ceased in Bakouma several years ago.
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